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South Brunswick Twp Police Department
Monday August 27th, 2018 :: 11:44 a.m. EDT


Police Solve Store Burglary

               2 Crimes 800 miles apart - same suspect

South Brunswick Police have solved a 14 month old burglary case using good crime scene processing and modern day forensics. On Sunday morning May 7, 2017 the owner of Crossroads Nursery located at 981 Georges Rd, Monmouth Junction arrived to find his front glass door smashed. Inside the business the cash register was found pried open on the floor with the cash stolen. Evidence Technician Officer Salvatore Fama located blood on some of the broken pieces of glass. Officer recovered several latent fingerprints from the scene as well as surveillance video from inside the business showing the crime.

Detectives circulated still pictures from the surveillance video but no one was able to identify the suspect. On July 12, 2018 South Brunswick Detective Eric Tighelaar received notification from the New Jersey State Police Forensic Section advising the blood recovered from the crime scene matched a crime scene in Evansville, Indiana from April of 2018. Both matches came back to Salvador Roman age 42 with connections to the New Brunswick area.

Detective Tighelaar learned that Roman had been in the New Brunswick area last year and also used an alias Salvador Roman- Gonzales. Detectives believe he may still be in the Midwest but his connections to Central New Jersey may bring him back.
A judge has issued a warrant charging Roman with burglary, theft, and criminal mischief.  

Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “Our crime scene processing linked our case to a city 830 miles away. While the suspect may have believed he got away with his crime, modern day forensics proved him wrong. We will continue to work with our county, State, and federal partners to track him down.”  
Salvador Roman DOB – 6/25/1976
Height – 5’03” Weight – 150 lbs.
Livingston Ave., New Brunswick NJ
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Detective Tighelaar at (732) 329-4646


South Brunswick Twp Police Department
540 Ridge Rd
South Brunswick Township, NJ 08852

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